Live Vicariously With A Mint Julep!


Not going to the Kentucky Derby this year? Me neither. I went last year and had so much fun that I hoped to make it a regular occurrence, but circumstances like  getting my wisdom teeth taken out tomorrow are getting in the way. Fortunately for me, this authentic Kentucky Derby Mint Julep recipe can help me live vicariously.Thank goodness mint juleps fit in with the liquid diet I’ll be on! :)

Recipe after the jump!

Kentucky Derby Mint Julep

For nearly a century, the mint julep has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby. The Early Times Mint Julep Cocktail is a ready-to-serve beverage that has been the “The Official Mint Julep of the Kentucky Derby®” for over 16 years. Over 80,000 Early Times Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby, requiring 8,000 liters of Early Times Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail, 2,200 pounds of freshly harvested mint, and 80 tons of shaved ice.


2 C. sugar
2 C. water
sprigs of fresh mint
crushed ice
Early Times Kentucky Whisky


Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with 6-8 sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Early Times Kentucky Whisky. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

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More Minty Beverages:
Raspberry Mint Punch
Pepper-Mint Limeade
Mint and Lemon Iced Tea

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  • Dragon

    I love these!

  • postcollegecook

    I’m so glad you posted this! I went to Derby 2 years ago and was supposed to go this year but had to back out at the last minute. I’ll have to make a mint julep at home in my derby glasses instead!

  • Toasted Special

    They look mighty refreshing. I’ve got a bottle of Wild Turkey gathering dust at the moment, you’ve given me a great idea!

    Love the blog, btw.


  • Fat Belly Billy


    Over here in England for The Derby and Royal Ascot, it just HAS to be Pimms.

    Oh and strawberries and cream of course…

    Best Wishes

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